Ayoze Perez came to England with a small reputation after moving from Tenerife to Newcastle for the incredibly low fee of around €2m. He wasn’t expected to make an immediate impact, but he has done just that and now in his second season at the club, he is one of the best players in the Newcastle squad. They have had a disappointing start to the season, but the Spaniard has been a rare positive and he is believed to be on the fringes of the Spanish national side. There is a chance he could break into the squad before Euro 2016 and interest is building from bigger English sides.
He has been linked with Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal in recent months. It is easy to see why bigger clubs are beginning to take notice as he stands out in terms of technical ability in the Newcastle side. He has the potential to grow into a Champions League quality player, while he has the ability to play a number of attacking positions. He can play any of the three attacking midfield positions, in addition to being able to play as a central striker. His link up play with Aleksandar Mitrovic has been one of the real highlights for Newcastle this season and shows Perez’s ability to play in a duo up front.
This season has been a struggle for Perez as he has been playing in a losing side, but his attitude and ability to continue putting in good performances shows that he has a good character, which is increasingly important in football. He has four goals and two assists in 14 league matches, which is a good return considering he is playing in a team at the bottom of the league table. His attacking influence goes beyond those figures as he is often making dangerous runs in the final third and he is also a tireless worker when it comes to his defensive contribution.
Perez is a very skillful dribbler of the football and that is highlighted by his numerous runs in the opposition half. He has the ability to play dangerous through balls to his team-mates, while his movement in the final third allows him to get into scoring positions frequently. The Spaniard is quick and has a low centre of gravity, which allows him to weave in and out of challenges with apparent ease. He also contributes defensively, which is a hugely important part of the game for modern day forwards.
The next six months will be crucial for the future path of Ayoze Perez’s career. He will be hoping to continue impressing for Newcastle, with the forward likely to stay until the end of the season at least, especially if he is wanting to break into Spain’s Euro 2016 squad. However, he will be keeping track of the interest in him. Tottenham seem a good fit for the Spaniard to continue his development as he would suit Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play. His ability to track back and contribute in the final third will appeal to the Argentine manager. He would also add cover for Harry Kane, which is desperately needed at White Hart Lane.